Charleston, W.Va. – In 2018 McKnight’s Long-Term Care and Seniors News joined forces to create the Women of Distinction to recognize those who have made a lasting contribution to the profession of senior and long-term care, and in West Virginia those qualities are synonymous with AMFM’s Vice President of Compliance and Operations Tammy Jo Painter.
Painter, along with 18 other women from around the country, have been named to the “Hall of Honor” for McKnight’s first year of the program. Overall, 19 Hall of Honor and 21 Rising Star recipients were named. The former category is for outstanding leaders who serve at the vice president or higher level, while the latter is for women under 40 or with less than 15 years of experience in the field.
Tonight, Painter and the other honorees are being recognized in Chicago for the inaugural Women of Distinction.
Career in providing quality care
Painter began her career as a licensed nursing home administrator in 1988. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Bluefield State College and studied Business Administration at West Virginia Institute of Technology.
Painter has years of experience serving organizations and others. She has the longest consecutive years of service as a West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA) Board Member. The WVHCA represents skilled nursing and assisted living centers in West Virginia. In 2006, she was the interim WVHCA CEO and received the WVHCA’s Distinguished Service Award. Painter has been a member of the Steering Committee for West Virginia Medical Institute, the CMS Quality Initiative and Home Health Quality Initiative, as well as a Board Member of Hospice Care and a member of the WV Hospice Task Force Committee.
Painter leads AMFM’s 18 administrators and two regional directors to historic results over the past several years. AMFM centers have won numerous Bronze and Silver National Quality Awards from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living Quality Awards Program, multiple Five-Star Rated centers through CMS’ Nursing Home Compare website and several centers with deficiency-free state survey inspections.
As a native of Fayette County, Painter has followed in the footsteps of her mother, the late Joan K. Todd, who worked 30 years as a long-term care professional. Todd began as an aide in a long-term care center and eventually bought the center, then opened a second center and two personal care homes.
This sense of service to others has been passed onto her children. Painter and her husband Toby have seven children, all of whom have served or are still serving our nation in military services.
As the inspiration and heart of AMFM’s leadership team, Painter has earned her colleagues’ respect throughout West Virginia. When dealing with complex regulation issues, her peers often say, “let’s ask Tammy Jo” and know that her compassion, experience and knowledge will point them in the right direction.
Collectively, McKnight’s Women of Distinction helped their organizations achieve quality patient care and financial performance milestones. Winners include direct care providers, as well as association and academic professionals. They have served as mentors or inspiration to their colleagues and in many cases pushed through personal hardship as well.
“The caliber of talent among nominees blew us all away,” said McKnight’s Vice President and Editorial Director John O’Connor. “It was humbling to see so many detailed and personalized nominations for hundreds of women in the field. We are excited to be the industry leader in acknowledging the contributions this group has made, and many are only getting started.”
A profile of Painter will be featured both online and in print editions of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living.
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. The centers are in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties.
AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”